When visiting or being invited to an area that is open to the public as the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, you expect the property to be free of hazards and other dangers. Unfortunately, without adequate property maintenance, there are several ways that a person could be injured at a college campus. If you or a family member was the victim of an accident while visiting the University of Pennsylvania campus, you should contact an experienced Philadelphia premises liability lawyer today.
The Reiff Law Firm is here to help you determine who is responsible for injuries you sustained after a serious accident. Our firm understands how a severe injury could impact your life, and we are here for you. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 392-6142, or contact us online.
Types of Premises Liability Claims that Occur on College Campuses
Premises liability is a legal term that can include a wide variety of legal claims. Premises liability focuses on the idea that a property owner should take certain precautions to ensure their property is free of hazards to visitors. Under certain circumstances, a property owner could even be liable for injuries suffered by a trespasser. The following is a list of common types of premises liability claims.
Slip and Falls
Slip and falls are the most common type of premises liability claims. The reason slip and falls are so common is because there are various factors that can lead to a slip and fall. For example, if a visitor of UPenn is climbing steps on campus and they trip and break a bone because a portion of the steps was broken, the university may be liable for their injuries.
There are other factors that could contribute to a slip and fall accident:
- Having insufficient lighting on campus
- Failing to plow ice or snow from walkways and other areas on campus
- Having construction on campus but failing to place warning signs
It is important to understand whether your slip and fall injury was caused by negligent actions on behalf of UPenn or another property owner in the area. Having this information will make it easier to gather evidence that you may need to file a premises liability lawsuit.
Inadequate Campus Security
One of the responsibilities of the University of Pennsylvania is to provide an atmosphere where family and other visitors could feel safe. If a university does not have an adequate amount of security or similar safety measures to protect visitors, they can be subject to crimes like robbery and assault.
If you suffered an injury because UPenn did not outfit the campus with sufficient security, they could be held liable for their negligent actions.
Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Practically every building on a university campus with multiple floors should be equipped with elevators and escalators to help disabled individuals and people in general travel through the campus. These machines typically require frequent maintenance to ensure that a faulty escalator does not injure a person or a person does not become trapped in an elevator.
Failing to perform frequent maintenance on an elevator or escalator can open up a property owner to premises liability claims.
A large campus like UPenn should have several safeguards in place to stop a fire or prevent it from spreading too quickly. Not having these safety measures places people in danger if a fire starts and makes it difficult for people to escape a building. If you suffered a burn injury or smoke inhalation due to a fire that was not controlled, the property could be held liable for their lack of safety measures.
Toxic Chemical Accidents
There are multiple reasons that a school could employ the use of chemicals that could be toxic to people. For example, if a school hires a contractor to repaint a portion of a building, it is important to ensure that the painting area is well ventilated. If toxic chemicals are negligently used, this can endanger visitors and other people in a number of ways.
This is not an exhaustive list of premises liability claims. Our firm is here to help you discover what options you have when pursuing legal compensation for your injuries.
Our Philadelphia UPenn Injury Lawyers are Ready to Help You File a Claim
If you or a family member sustained a serious injury while on UPenn’s campus, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney today. The legal team at The Reiff Law Firm possess decades of combined legal experience that we will utilize to help you litigate your personal injury claim. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential case, contact The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 392-6142.